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Racine Fire Department: Dog, turtle rescued from 11th Street fire

Racine Fire Department: Dog, turtle rescued from 11th Street fire

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RACINE — Fire crews reported the rescue of a dog and a turtle from a fire on 11th Street on Thursday night.

The Racine Fire Department responded at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to a home on the 1000 block of 11th Street for a report of fire in the upstairs bedroom of a two-story single-family residence, according to the department.

First arriving fire personnel encountered heavy smoke and moderate heat as they found fire in an upstairs bedroom. A quick fire attack by Engine 1 confined the fire to the bedroom of origin and prevented fire spread to the attic, the news release stated.

Residents self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Engine 1 rescued a dog that was caged in the room of origin. Later, during the fire investigation, the Truck 1 crew rescued a turtle that was in a fish tank in the room of origin. The turtle appeared to have not sustained injury during the fire, officials said.

A family of eight is displaced due to this fire and is being assisted by the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported, officials said.

A chemical fire forced people from their homes in north central Illinois today and it could be burning for days. Officials ordered evacuations within one mile of the Chemtool plant in Rockton just south of the Wisconsin border. The company that owns the plant is still looking into what caused Monday morning's explosion. Fire officials say one firefighter had minor injuries, but is expected to be okay. They say despite this plume of smoke, there's no danger to air quality. And they're letting the chemicals burn off on their own to avoid runoff into a nearby river. Fire Chief Kirk Wilson, said: "The main thing is that we don't want an environmental nightmare to occur and the reason we can - that we would cause that - is by the use of water streams. So we stopped water operations at this point, we stopped suppression. We felt it was in our best interest to let this product burn off."

We Energies disconnected gas and electric service to the property. Racine Police Department assisted at the scene with traffic and crowd control.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Initial damage estimates are $40,000 structural damage and $30,000 contents damage, the release said.


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